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Does anyone here use Pro Tools SE for starter recording? Is so, do you folks have any tips on being successful with it?


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I have Protools LE primo......Youtube is your best source for tutorials.....that's how I got the basics.....good luck!

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Do most of the folks here use the click-track? I notice that a lot of us Texano/Mexican musicians do not measure the music exactly...

For Example: Rock music usually goes by bars... like 4 cuatro pasadas makes the bar and so on.

With our Conjunto music, I notice that it is based more on "feel"... this throws me off because I feel obliged to use the metronome and click track.

What has been your guy's experiences and/or techniques?

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When ever recording I personaly use the click. It keeps everything precise. Helps everyone else stay on time too. Precision.!!!!
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For sure Terrazas that's what I believe too... the only thing is... do you have to start as soon as the click track starts or can you wait for a "bar" to start and align everything with that "bar"... I know it sounds confusing...


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Click track is a must.  That way you can move things around later (copy and paste verses when they repeat...etc...) and everything stays in time.

When I record solo, I actually record the rhythm tracks (Bass, guitar, drums) with MIDI instruments so that the entire thing is totally in time and it's easier to move around if for some reason I'm not in time.  Then once everything is right, one by one, I replace the MIDI instrument with the real thing.  Drums a are a different story...usually I end up recording in the individual drums on separate tracks from whatever sound module or soft synth I'm using.  Not as good as the real thing, but I don't have a drum booth or the ability to record that many inputs at a time.  No biggie, most of the time it's just playing around anyway. 

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You don't have to start right away , you can wait to jump in. If you go into the settings you can choose your click track pattern. I use the four count one. I wait one bar and have everyone jump in at the same time I do. And later you can edit out that first bar. With any pro tools program you can cut and paist any undesired pauses or noises. Currently I'm in pro tools hd, a bit more features than the regular le.
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AAlso you can set it to click a bar or two before the red comes on and it starts recording.
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That's the thing, I have really limited settings being that I'm using Pro Tools SE, I don't know how to "Program the click track.

Aaron, you are right about the click track... I thought it was a must as well...

Now in regards to the meter setting, is the following correct:

3/4 for Valseadas and what's the whole 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 all about
2/4 for Corridas

For Valseadas I do about 160-170 on the Tempo depending on the song

For the Corridas I do 104-108

Thanks for the help guys....

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Is it true that you can use the less expensive ProTools and take your tracks to a Professional studio and they can add and mix effx with that $10000 Pro Tools software?

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Yes.  At it's heart, ProTools is ProTools.  Say if you produce a song with the cheapest version of ProTools, with real instruments except you had to use electronic drums.  You can take it to a big time production facility and have them add the real drum parts there, as well as polish it up with all the fancy stuff they have.  (Just as an example)
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Good to know--Thanx

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Yes, pro tools is reverse compatible. It's feature that draws many new customers
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